Dan Phillips

Dan Phillips, MS, is a speech pathologist, an assistive technology specialist, and the founder and director of the Tech Resource Center Marin in Northern California. For the past 25 years, the Center has served the assistive technology needs of over 4,000 students from newborn to 22 years of age. Staff at the Center also explore new and innovative technology, such as virtual reality, robotics, 3-D interface, eye gaze tracking, adaptive gaming, and music and art applications, to discover how these tools may assist and support special needs students. 

Dan is a co-founder of the Nika Project, a non-profit organization that utilizes donated mobile technology tools to teach special education teachers and learners all over the world. Formed in 2013, the organization currently has projects in Indonesia, Mexico, Malaysia, Peru, Honduras, Trinidad and Tobago, Fiji, India, and Nigeria.

Dan has been awarded: Certificate of Recognition for Outstanding Contributions in International Achievement from the American Speech Language Hearing Association; Teacher of the Year (California runner up); three Golden Bell Awards for outstanding teaching (California, 2016); and Outstanding National Tech Director from the Tech Edvocate (2017).

Dan lectures nationally and internationally and has been an invited speaker in Australia, South Africa, Poland, Brazil, Portugal, Nigeria, Saudi Arabia, Oman, India, the UK, and Dubai.

Disclosure: Financial – Dan Phillips receives an honorarium from AET and a salary from Tech Resource Center Marin. Nonfinancial – No relevant relationships to disclose.

Workshop Description
Accessibility for All: Using Technology for Reading, Writing and Learning in the Modern World

We live in a world of ever-expanding technology that can be overwhelming to many students, teachers, and families. At the same time, accessibility within every tech platform is greater than ever before, allowing all students to overcome challenges and be able to read, write, learn, and participate to their fullest potential. This workshop will focus on standard tools in today's modern classroom that every student, teacher, and therapist should know. Supports such as voice typing, text to speech, word prediction, digital text, and accessibility extensions are the new paper and pencil for our students, and all participants will learn how to navigate through each of the choices currently available. Bring your devices to make this a hands-on experience!

Participants will leave with a greater understanding of all digital resources available to students in today's classroom. Whereas there are some that are fee based, most are free and embedded within tools that are already in front of us. Participants will leave empowered to help ALL students of any age in any classroom!

Participants will be able to:

  • Identify at least 5 text to speech reading supports in 3 different platforms, describe their benefits and limitations, and demonstrate their use.
  • Identify at least 5 different writing supports to assist struggling students, describe their benefits and limitations, and demonstrate their use.
  • Identify at least 5 digital text sources for acquiring text, describe their benefits and limitations, and demonstrate their use.
  • Identify at least 5 different studying tools for review of material, describe their benefits and limitations, and demonstrate their use.
  • Identify at least 5 different notetaking tools, describe their benefits and limitations, and demonstrate their use.

Save the Date!
Saturday, February 8, 2020

7:45 AM: Registration
8:30 AM: Welcome
8:45 AM: Presentation begins
12:00 PM: Lunch
12:45 PM: Presentation resumes
4:00 PM: Presentation concludes


Star Academy
4470 Redwood Hwy,
San Rafael, CA 94903
This program is offered for .6 ASHA CEUs
(Intermediate level, Professional area).

This program is offered for:
AET: 6 CE hours
ASHA: 0.6 CEUs (Intermediate level, Professional area)
BBS (CA): 6 hours of CPD
NASP: 6 hours of CPD


This workshop is designed for professionals who would like to learn more about digital tools that support reading, writing, learning, and classroom participation. Discover how all students, including those who struggle or have learning differences, can benefit from currently available technology apps and accessibility extensions.

  • Educational Therapists
  • Learning Specialists
  • Classroom Teachers
  • Developmental Therapists
  • Psychotherapists
  • School Psychologists
  • Social Workers
  • Speech-Language Pathologists
  • Educational Diagnosticians


The Association of Educational Therapists (AET) is the national professional association for educational therapists. AET defines and sets standards for the professional practice of educational therapy. Educational therapists provide a broad range of individualized educational interventions for children and adults with learning disabilities and other learning challenges.